Citizens for Clean Air and Clean Lungs

Cigarette Smoking Linked To Miscarriages, Worse Than Crack Cocaine
A new study, published in the latest edition of the NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE, confirms the link between smoking and miscarriages, showing that 80 percent more miscarriages occur among women who smoke cigarettes.

The study, led by Dr. Roberta Ness of the University of Pittsburgh, examined the drug use of nearly 1000 black inner-city women. The results show that smoking cocaine was responsible for eight percent of the miscarriages and smoking cigarettes caused 16 percent.

The abuse of illicit drugs like crack cocaine by pregnant women has received more attention, but experts say the common, legal drugs -- alcohol and nicotine -- present some of the greatest dangers to unborn babies. "It's our legal substances that are killing us," said Harvey Siegal, director of substance abuse treatment programs at Wright State University. [more]

WALL STREET JOURNAL, [12/7/98] "Sometimes Pollution Can Be At Its Worst Inside Your Home," Marilyn Chase, p. B1

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